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Liturgical day: Tuesday 31st in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 14,15-24): One of those at the table said to Jesus, «Happy are those who eat at the banquet in the kingdom of God!». Jesus replied, «A man once gave a feast and invited many guests. When it was time for the feast he sent his servant to tell those he had invited to come, for everything was ready. But all alike began to make excuses (…).»

The “principle of participation” in the Social Doctrine of the Church

Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench
(Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)

Today, the parable presents an overview of inhibition and excuses for the invitation to the “dinner”. This leads towards the “principle of participation” that defends the social Doctrine of the Church. God has left man in the hands of men and this implies, socially, that people have the right and duty to assume responsibilities in their community and take an active part in the social life decisions.

This requirement is based on moral freedom and human dignity. The free and responsible participation in society is a necessity for human development. Hence, the demand that anyone, whether a person, a family or a village and country, be relegated to its active role in coexistence and configuration of socio-political environment.

-The Church does not specify the manner and extent of such participation, but states that everyone should take part in promoting the common good as a responsible person and not just as a passive collaborator.